Wisconsin TE Makes Travel Plans

After making a name for himself at the NIKE Camp and in a pair of combines across the Midwest, a small-town Wisconsin senior-to-be will be looking to make an impression on Iowa State coaches during next week's padded camp in Ames.

Tight end Eric Schultz attended the NIKE Camp in Iowa City, then went on to stops at the Midwest and MSL Combines. Although he has yet to garner a Division I scholarship offer, more programs appeared on his radar screen after making those trips. When he makes a trip to ISU's second padded camp late next week, the Cyclones could be the first to offer.

"It's given me a good perspective on what else is out there," said the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder from Beaver Dam, Wisc. "Coming from up here – it's not mainstream by any means – so knowing what I can do, then going down there and doing that has opened my eyes that I can do well at the next level.

"I kind of came out late and am a sleeper. Nobody really knew about me until the Chicago (MSL) combine. Now I have Iowa State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio, and Western Illinois contacting me."

Schultz says the Cyclones are an intriguing choice for a number of reasons.

"I'm really looking forward to coming down to Iowa State," he said. "I've already visited the Iowa campus, but had kind of favored Iowa State as one of my top choices. One of my neighbors went to Iowa State and he's been pumping that into me for a couple of years.

"I've been contacted by Coach Allen, and I know that Coach McCarney came from Wisconsin. Iowa State is making some noise down there. We don't get a lot of Big 12 up here, since it's mostly set Big 10. But I still try to follow what they're doing."

Schultz, who runs a sub-4.8 40 time, didn't get a lot of opportunities to catch the ball as a tight end, hauling in five receptions for 30 yards. He even won a team award on the defensive side of the ball after making 41 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, and five sacks. He was a second-team all-conference performer.

But a majority of the programs contacting Schultz are recruiting him as a tight end.

"I feel my speed and quickness are pretty big things, plus I have pretty good hands," he said. "I'm probably more of a catching tight end at this point. But I don't have any problem blocking, because when I came in last year that's pretty much all I did."

So where would Schultz place the Cyclones on his list of top schools?

"I'm pretty wide open right now, but Iowa State is probably in my top three," he said. "I'm definitely looking forward to coming down and checking it out."

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